The Fifteenth Amendment
African American Males Gain Equal Voting Rights
Congress passed the Fifteenth Amendment in February 1869. This amendment prohibited the state and federal governments from denying the right to vote to any male citizen because of "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment
The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in February 1870, therefore giving African American me the right to vote. Unfortunately what the Republicans did not know was that the South would do everything in their power to prevent the voting of African Americans.